Fans got their first look at Ezra Miller as The Flash when he made a cameo appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film initially is setting up other Justice Leaguers for their own solo DCEU features, and with most of those films having its directors, it seemed like smooth sailing for Warner Bros. But now it looks as though The Flash feature will have to find a new director as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith is departing from the film.
More on the story below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grahame-Smith is leaving the project due to creative differences, a common rhetoric used when two parties decide to separate. Now WB is left with finding a new director. However, there isn’t any rush as the film is set to be released in two years.
The initial hiring came as a surprise at first considering Grahame-Smith doesn’t have a strong background in comics. The studio will retain Grahame-Smith’s script, which is based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the Lego Movie duo were once eyeing it as a possible directing vehicle. The two would eventually move on to direct the Han Solo spinoff.
While The Flash isn’t set to be released for some time, Miller will reprise his role in a larger capacity in Justice League Part One, which is being directed by BvS helmer Zack Snyder. Miller will be playing Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who is struck by lighting and drenched with an assortment of chemicals that will give him the power to run at supersonic speeds. No word yet on who the studio will be looking at as possible candidates to replace Grahame-Smith.
Grahame-Smith isn’t really known for his directing, but better recognized for writing interesting twists on classic novels turning Pride and Prejudice into Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and making our 16th President into Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Both works would eventually become films. Grahame-Smith has had a hand in some writing though as he has helped write the scripts for Dark Shadows, four episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, and upcoming films like The LEGO Batman Movie and Beetlejuice 2.
Grahame-Smith’s departure is not expected to affect The Flash‘s March 16th, 2018 release date. Justice League: Part One will hit theaters November 17th, 2017. We’ll be sure to keep you posted should any new developments come in.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]